Suspect remanded in custody over murder of Tristan Voorspuy

Tristan Voorspuy
Tristan Voorspuy in Kenya.

The prime suspect in the investigation into the murder of British rancher Tristan Voorspuy in Laikipia in northern Kenya.

25-year-old Samson Lokayi was detained on Sunday and will remain in custody until 28 March while police continue their investigation into the deadly shooting.

The suspect’s first hearing yesterday was postponed because he only speaks his tribe’s Pokot dialect, and no translator was available.

British expat father-of-two Tristan Voorspuy, was a co-owner of the Sosian ranch and a former officer in the British Army. He had organised horseback safaris for decades with his wife Cindy while working hard with other locals to protect African farms from marauding gangs. He was shot and killed on March5 after riding out to inspect one of his buildings which had reportedly been torched by armed gangs.

It took over 24 hours to recover his body due to security concerns.

British High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey has condemned the killing and family and friends attended Mr Voorspuy’s cremation last Friday.


A senior police officer said: “We have strong reason to believe that the man we have in custody was involved in the killing of the British rancher.

“We want more time to carry out investigations on his involvement because there are two others out there whom he must have worked with.”